Community Almanac



Jason Schechterle will be the keynote speaker at the 2012 Women’s Wellness Forum at 8 a.m., Saturday, March 23 at Payson High School. The forum features multiple break-out sessions on a variety of topics, vendors and food — a continental breakfast and boxed lunch. The cost is $15, with a $10 fee to attend the keynote address only, which is open to the public. For more information, call the Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588.

March 20 Tuesday

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Parent Resource Night at PEC: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., program by Gila County Meth Coalition

PEC Parent Resource Night

Payson Education Center would like to invite the Payson community to attend its Parent Resource Night from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 20. 

The topic for this hour-long presentation is The Dangers of Drugs. Members of Gila County Meth Coalition will give the presentation.

The public is welcome and light refreshments will be provided. Payson Education Center is an accredited alternative high school located at 112 W. Cedar Lane in Payson. For more information, call (928) 468-8509.

March 21 Wednesday

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Lenten services: area Lutheran churches continue mid-week Lenten services around Payson

Minnesota Breakfast

Rim Country residents and winter visitors from Minnesota are invited to a Minnesota Breakfast starting at 7 a.m., Wednesday, March 21, at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260.

Come and enjoy a great breakfast or just a cup of coffee and spend a few minutes visiting with others from Minnesota.

For additional information, contact Betty Raveling at (928) 468-7132.

March Business Buzz

The March Business Buzz, Marketing on a Shoestring, featuring Kimber Lanning, founder and executive director of “Local First, Arizona,” will be held at the Payson Elks Lodge beginning at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 21.

Lanning will discuss the free tools and resources that small business owners can use to reach new customers and to keep existing ones. She will discuss how to effectively use the Internet and social media to enhance business.

Local First Arizona is a 1,500-member, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting locally owned Arizona businesses. Lanning is a small business owner who speaks throughout the state on “Being Loyal, Buying Local.”

The Payson Elks Lodge will provide lunch, including a choice of two hot sandwiches, side dish and coffee or iced tea, for $8 per person. To insure enough meals, please call the Chamber for a reservation at (928) 474-4515.

The Elks Lodge is at 1206 N. Beeline Highway. The Business Buzz is presented by the Northern Gila County Economic Development Corporation and the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Lenten services

Mount Cross Lutheran Church

Mount Cross Lutheran Church will hold weekly mid-week Lenten suppers and services each Wednesday in the log building at 601 E. Highway 260, Payson.

Lenten suppers begin at 5 p.m., followed by a service at 6 p.m.

Each week there will be a video presentation session from “The Path to the Cross” by Ray Vander Laan. The sessions include: March 21, The Last Passover; and March 28, The Fifth Cup-Our Way of Hope.

There will not be a Lenten supper/service on the Wednesday of Holy Week, which starts Sunday, April 1. 

During Holy Week, there will be a Maundy Thursday service at 6 p.m., April 5, as well as a Good Friday service at 1 p.m., April 6; these services will be held in the church sanctuary. Normal services will be held Easter Sunday, April 8, at 8:30 a.m., traditional; 10:30 a.m., praise; and 6:30 p.m., XaLt. 

A continental breakfast will be served between the 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services. Everyone is welcome to attend any of these services and invited to join the congregation at any of the weekly Sunday services. 

Rock of Ages Lutheran Church

The Lenten season theme at Rock of Ages Lutheran Church is “See His Cross.” The sermon topic for the fifth Lenten service on Wednesday, March 21 will be “Glory Be to Jesus!” from John 17:1-5, presented by Pastor Thomas Spiegelberg.

 The Rock of Ages free soup supper is at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall followed by the service at 7 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to attend and join the congregation at supper and hearing His Word.

Rock of Ages Lutheran Church is at the corner of McLane and Airport Roads, Payson. For more information, contact Pastor David Sweet at (928) 474-2098.

Shepherd of the Pines

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, will celebrate mid-week Lenten services at 6 p.m. each Wednesday in March.

The community is invited to join the congregation for all these special services.

For more information, call Pastor Steve DeSanto (928) 474-5440.

March 22 Thursday

• Jewelry sale: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., PRMC west lobby, continues Friday

*• Genealogy Library: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 302 E. Bonita, Payson

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Free Memory Screenings: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Rim Country Health

• Hunter Education: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday and Friday, March 22 to March 30 and at 8 a.m., Saturday, March 31

• Moose Lodge Dinner Special: 5 p.m., Highway 260 in Star Valley

• Activity Night: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Payson Education Center

Jewelry selling for $6

A $6 jewelry sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, March 22 and Friday, March 23 at the west lobby (Labor and Delivery) of Payson Regional Medical Center.

Rings, belts, earrings, men’s and women’s watches, gold and silver chains, necklace and earring sets, bracelets, pashminas, popcorn blouses, totes, scarves, boys’ and girls’ watches and gift items, designer-style sunglasses, readers, leather goods and much more will be available.

Proceeds will benefit the Mogollon Health Alliance programs and scholarships.

For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Free memory screenings

As part of a national initiative to promote early detection of memory problems, Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses, Rim Country Health psychiatrist, Dr. Linskey, will conduct free memory screenings from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, March 22 at Rim Country Health, 807 W. Longhorn Road.

These confidential screenings are not a diagnosis, but can suggest whether a medical evaluation would be beneficial. Participants will receive follow-up resources and information on dementia and successful aging.

To schedule a private 15-minute appointment, call Christy Walton at (928) 595-0406.

Hunter education classes offered

Hunter education classes will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays, March 22, 23, 29 and 30 at Mountain Bible Church and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 31 at the Jim Jones Shooting Range.

Contact H. Thomason at (928) 978-0058 for details.

Activity night at PEC

The student council of Payson Education Center has planned an Activity Night for students and their friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 21.

The evening’s theme is a Pajama Party, so participants are encouraged to wear school appropriate pajamas to the event. There will be refreshments and lots of fun.

March 23 Friday

• Genealogy Library: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 302 E. Bonita, Payson

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• American Legion Fish Fry: Noon-8 p.m., American Legion

Looking ahead

Free tax help and free e-filing

AARP volunteers in Payson are preparing tax returns for low- to moderate-income taxpayers. The service will be available through Thursday, April 12 at:

• Payson Elks Lodge, located at Airport Road and Highway 87, Payson: Mondays, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Gila Community College, Mud Springs Road, Payson: Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 29 and April 5, 12. The college will be closed March 22 due to Gila College spring break.

No appointments will be taken. For more information, call Joan Stephens, AARP Tax Help coordinator, (928) 472-6229 (do not call the Elks or GCC).

Senior Circle events

Grab your boots and join your friends for a visit to Tombstone and Bisbee. Visit the OK Corral, Boot Hill and the charming town of Bisbee with its mining, art and western history. This trip departs at 8 a.m., Wednesday, April 25 and returns early in the evening Thursday, April 26. Reservations must be made by March 24 at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson, (928) 472-9260. 

The Senior Circle will present a much-requested trip to Monument Valley and Canyon De Chelly on the Navajo Reservation. The overnight excursion will be from Tuesday, Oct. 2 through the Friday, Oct. 5. 

Call (928) 472-9290 or stop by Senior Circle at 215 N. Beeline Highway for details.

Women’s Wellness Forum to feature Jason Schechterle

The 14th Annual Women’s Wellness Forum is March 24 and features Jason Schechterle as the keynote speaker.

Schechterle is the Phoenix police officer who suffered fourth-degree burns to his face, neck and hands when his patrol car went up in flames after being rear-ended in 2001.

The forum will be from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 24 on the Payson High School campus.

There is a $15 fee to attend the forum, or $10 to attend the keynote address only, which is open to the public.

To learn more or to register, contact MHA at (928) 472-2588 or stop by the office at 308 E. Aero Dr., Payson or go online to 


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